Politico reports that the French President Emmanuel Macron has paid a high price for looking his best: two claims for payment by his personal makeup artist amount to a total of €26.000, or€300 a day. Politico refers to an article in French magazine Le Point, which broke the news, but also calculated that the amount is less than under Macron’s predecessors. Les Républicains president Nicholas Sarkozy spent around €24.000 per quarter, while his successor, the Social-Democrat Fraçois Hollande, topped the bill. Besides spending €30.000 per quarter on makeup, Hollande, who was not exactly blessed with a frizzy skull bush, paid his hairdresser €9.895 a month.

The Elysée, the Presidential Palace, said in response that it

called in a contractor as a matter of urgency.

for doing the work during Macron’s travels and before press conferences. Aides reportedly were looking into “significantly reducing” the spending in the future. Politico can’t help but report that the news comes while Macron’s popularity in the polls is falling, but that is hardly a surprise. Apparently, only 37% of voters now approve of Macron, down from 57% after his election in May.